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Obituaries for the week of Feb. 4

02/05/2019 08:30AM ● By J. Chambless


Adam Miller, 93, of Jennersville, passed away on Jan. 28 at his residence.

He was the husband of Bessie Campbell Miller, who passed away in 2001, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Ashe County, N.C., he was the son of the late Jonathan Miller and the late Mandy Greer Miller. He worked at Thompson Roses for many years, retiring in 1990. He attended Safe Harbor Baptist Church in Cochranville. He was an avid walker, and enjoyed going to cookouts, the beach, muscle cars, and being with his family and friends. He was a very kind and generous gentleman and had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one stepson, Jack Thompson; two brothers, Everett Miller and Junior Miller; and two sisters, Gertrude Davis and Annie Stanley.

A funeral was held Feb. 2. Burial was in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Harvey R. Duncan, 82, of Little Britain, passed away on Jan. 17.

Born in Lombard, Md., he was the son of the late John Charles, Sr., and Cynthia Eudora (Ray) Duncan. Harvey attended school in the Oxford School District. He then went on to be employed in the construction industry as a heavy equipment operator, working for J.D. Eckman in his early years, and then for James Julian Construction, retiring with 33 years of service. Harvey was a proud veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958. A very kind and generous man, Harvey was known for purchasing vegetables and giving them to his family and friends. He loved to travel, especially out West, and he visited every state except for Hawaii. One of his hobbies was family genealogy, and he spent a lot of time studying his family tree. Harvey was also an avid reader and a history buff, concentrating on the history of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and he read extensively on this subject. Harvey was a family man, and he loved his family very much.

Harvey is survived by his daughters, Cynthia McFarland and husband David of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lisa May and husband Joseph of Nottingham; a sister, Jean Yvonne Swisher of Peach Bottom; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In additional to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Charles Duncan, Jr.; sisters, Margaret Elizabeth Richardson and Betty Lou Duncan; and a nephew, Joseph Greer.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 at Nottingham Presbyterian Church (497 West Christine Road, Nottingham), with a time of visitation with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private in Airville United Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Harvey’s memory to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To leave an online condolence, visit


Bertie Campbell, 84, of Oxford, passed away on Jan. 30 at home.

She was the wife of the late L. G. Hoover Campbell, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Lydia Brummett Smith. She was a member of Media Mennonite Church in Oxford, and a former member of Free Will Baptist Church of West Grove. Bertie enjoyed cooking, canning vegetables and gardening, and loved flowers.

She is survived by her one daughter, Norma Pierce and her husband James of Oxford; two sons, L.G. Hoover Campbell, Jr., and wife Brenda of North East, Md., and David Campbell and wife Cathy of Oxford; six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; four brothers, Bill Sloan, Bob Sloan, Walter Sloan and Fred Smith; and one sister, Mabel Smith Bailey. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Campbell.

A funeral was held Feb. 4. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Media Mennonite Church, 866 5th St., Oxford, PA 19363. Visit


Gloria Jean Pierce, 78, of Oxford, passed away on Jan. 31at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

She was the wife of the late Wayne Turner Pierce, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Valley Township, Chester County, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Zilla Baker Grier. She graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in art education. Gloria Jean was a member of the Religious Society of Friends. Prior to that, she was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. She was also a longtime member of the Research Club, and a den mother for the Cub Scouts Troop 213. She enjoyed arts and crafts.

She is survived by her, son, Marlin W. Pierce of Rockville, Md.; and four brothers, Carlton Grier, Lawrence Grier, Tom Grier and John Grier. She was preceded in death by a son, Carlton J. Pierce.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at Vista Ridge Auditorium, Ware Presbyterian Village, 7 E. Locust St., Oxford,. Interment will be private. Visit


Alfred Wallace Stanton, Sr., 86, of Newark, Del., passed away on Feb. 1.

Born in Newark, he was the son of the late Joseph and Selina Simpson Stanton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired mechanic and known as a general handyman around the house who loved mowing his lawn.

Survivors include his children, Alfred W. Stanton Jr., and Tina Jones (Shawn), both of Newark, Del., and Terry Acord (Ricky) of Nottingham; sister Alice Beattie (Bill) of Newark; five grandsons; and three great-grandsons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lola G. Stanton; grandson Matthew; and siblings Joseph and Florence.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Hicks Home for Funerals (103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, Md.), where visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Interment with military honors will be in Gilpin Manor Memorial Park in Elkton. Visit


Joachim “Joe” Hermann Pehl, of West Grove, passed peacefully at his daughter’s home on Jan. 31 at the age of 89. He was surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born in 1929 in Frankfurt-Oder, Germany, Joe was the only child of parents Hermann and Frieda Pehl. He grew up in Grünau, Germany, where as a young child he experienced the ravages of World War II. As he would do throughout his entire life, Joe did not let those experiences impede his way into a happy and successful life. It was just after the war years that he met and married Christel Stoeber who would be the undeniable love of his life. The couple immigrated to the United States with their oldest daughter, Kordula. Their youngest daughter, Doris, was born four years later. Joe was a highly accomplished chef, working for nearly 40 years as head chef at Dunwoody Home in Newtown Square. Over the years he also applied his considerable talent to many of the area’s best hotels and country clubs. Joe’s passions included camping, traveling, soccer, photography, dogs and a knack for fixing everything. He was also a savvy real estate investor and was known for his strong work ethic.

Joe is survived by two daughters, Kordula Moore (Dennis) of Georgetown, Del., and Doris Petersen (Brad) of West Grove; as well as two grandchildren and his extended Petersen family.

A visitation will be held Feb. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church (109 E. Doe Run Rd., Unionville). A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Operation Warm (, or by check to P.O. Box 82231, Philadelphia, PA 19182;

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Debra Jean (Parfitt) Hoover, 58, of Lincoln University, died peacefully at home on Feb. 3.

She was born in 1960 in Bryn Mawr, the daughter of George Parfitt and Myrtle (Semple) Parfitt. Debbie grew up in Paoli and was a 1978 graduate of Great Valley High School. She was a life-long resident of Chester County. 

She is survived by her husband, Jon Hoover, whom she married in 1989. She is also survived by children Michelle Knoll and her husband Eric Knoll, Adam Hoover and his girlfriend Victoria Dorsey; sister Diane Parfitt; mother-in-law Marvis Hoover; brother-in-law Dennis Hoover; and sisters-in-law Francine Parfitt, Diane Hoover, Karen Henry, Sharon Hoover, and Judy Closius; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Tom and Bob Parfitt; father-in-law Robert Hoover; and brother-in-law Rick Henry.

Debbie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going out to dinner, and vacations at Rehoboth Beach. She was a former Girl Scout leader and volunteered in the schools when her children were young. She also enjoyed attending her children’s events throughout school, scouts, college and beyond. The last event she attended, just one week prior to her death, was a baby shower for grandson Hudson Knoll, who is expected in late March. Prior to her last cancer diagnosis, she was employed by Modern Mushroom Farms, Inc., and prior to that, the former Chilton Company. Since 1992, she has fought through several cancer diagnoses, with many years cancer-free.

Following her wishes, she was cremated and the family will have a life-celebration party at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Oxford Area Girl Scout Service Unit, c/o Tammy Ramberger, 630 Chrome Rd., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at


Dudley E. Danielson, 83,  of Oxford, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., and Clayton, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 1 at Ware Presbyterian Village. 

He was the husband of Diane Ruth Danielson, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in North Chili, N.Y., he was the son of the late Guy Danielson and the late Grace Hendrickson Danielson. Dudley was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School in Warren, Pa., and he attended  Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Army in December 1953, and served most of his four years at Camo Zama, Japan, assigned to the 96th MRU. While living in Kailua, Hawaii in the 1960s, he began a career as an excellent professional photographer, continuing in Carthage, N.Y. as Dudley’s Photography. He also published a summer newspaper, “Relax! In The 1000 Islands," had a radio show, ”Joy in the Morning,” from 1979 to 1984, with additional programs added along the way. A man of words, he compiled nine books. In his life, he tried to make a difference for the Lord.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Howe of Buffalo, N.Y., Steven Robbins of Albuquerque, N.M., and Eric Robbins of Albuquerque, N.M.; four daughters, Kirsten LeVier (Thomas) of Severn, Md., DoriAnn Miles (Scott) Limerick, Pa., Melissa Lynn (Richard) of Black Lake, N.Y., and Carrie Lynn Hull of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Frederick W. Danielson of Seaford, Del.;  14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

A Home Going Celebration will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the auditorium in Vista  Ridge at Ware Presbyterian Village (7 E. Locust St., Oxford). Burial will be held privately. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

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